PEA News

March 01, 2021
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Collective Agreement

Members voted 100% in favour of the tentative agreement. 74.2% of members voted.

February 10, 2021
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

This is a call for nominations for one vacant Director position on the UVic Chapter Executive. The term of the position is until the AGM in November 2021.

February 10, 2021
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Your bargaining committee met with the employer for an additional two days of bargaining on February 8 and 9 after three days in late 2020. We have reached a tentative agreement. 

January 25, 2021
HESU - Hospital Employees’ Staff Union

Dear HESU members,

Your collective agreement expires on March 31, 2021. 

January 18, 2021
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

In addition to the webinars we are offering with Evidence for Democracy, the PEA is also hosting the following union-focused virtual sessions that are open to all GLP members:

December 18, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

With the end of 2020 in sight, I wanted to give an update on some of the changes that have happened these past few months and some of the new year plans.

December 17, 2020

Every two years the PEA gathers members from across the province to set the direction of our union.

December 14, 2020
SMS - St. Margaret's School

During the 2020 SMS AGM, Brian Campbell of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) Health and Safety Centre gave a special presentation on Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) during COVID-19.

December 04, 2020
SMS - St. Margaret's School

The 2020 SMS Chapter's Annual General Meeting will take place virtually on December 7 at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. The link was sent via email. We encourage all PEA members to attend!

November 30, 2020
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS Residence Staff,

November 27, 2020

Thank you to all the members who shared their feedback through our annual member survey with Stratcom.

November 23, 2020
FMA - Family Maintenance Agency

Family Maintenance Agency (FMA) Chapter's 2020 Annual General Meeting is on December 3 at 4:45 p.m. immediately following the legal counsel meeting. The AGM meeting link was sent via email.

November 17, 2020
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Current Program

-Award categories –

$500 – Thriving
$1000 - $3000  Strong performers
$3000 – $10,000 Top performers

November 12, 2020
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

The 2020 Law Society Lawyers (LSL) Chapter of the PEA Annual General Meeting will be held online on November 17, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Find the agenda below.

November 05, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

CUPE/PEA Enhanced Disability Management Program Representative

November 04, 2020
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Dear ORL Members,

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2020 Okanagan Regional Librarian (ORL) Chapter Elections:


In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 46 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2020 to January 2021 issue includes a look into the work of BC's provincial apiarist.

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The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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